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USFS Closes Three Scenic Area Trailheads

The U.S. Forest Service is closing three trailheads on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.  The three new closures are at Cape Horn Trail, Dog Mountain Trail, and the Lyle Trailhead of Klickitat Trail.  Cape Horn Trail is managed with support from Skamania County, who owns the Park and Ride lot that many use to access the site. Both the county and Cape Horn Conservancy, who helps maintain the trail, reached out to the USFS for support in closing the trail.  Dog Mountain Trail last weekend saw crowds on par with peak season, creating hazards along Highway 14.  Klickitat Trail is a Rails-to-Trails conversion that crosses multiple jurisdictions.  The USFS helps maintain the Lyle Trailhead, which sits on Washington State Park lands.  The closure of the trailhead is consistent with the Washington State Park decision to close all day use areas, including trailheads.  Scenic Area officials continue to evaluate risks at other “close proximity” recreation sites and anticipates more closures and restrictions with little advanced notice.  Updates will be posted on the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area website.